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Reg's 5x5 for Beginners?

Is Reg’s 5x5 a good choice for a novice weight lifter? Its great thats its heavy on 3 major compound exercizes but will any other parts of my body suffer like my biceps, calves, or upper back? I’m just a little conerned at whether or not I should supplement bicep curls and calve raises into it or if I should just leave everything the same.

If you do it, leave it the same.
Should you do it? i would say probably not. The article said the workout has a tendency to go on for a while (3 hours i think was mentioned) and if your still beginning a 3 hour workout is not exactly something to look forward to. No matter how dedicated you are you may well get bored or stop putting in enough effort into your lifts. No point busting your ass for almost 3 hours then feeling disheartened that your not getting the results you think you should be.
What workout should you do? that depends on your current goal.

[quote]CMill wrote:
Is Reg’s 5x5 a good choice for a novice weight lifter? Its great thats its heavy on 3 major compound exercizes but will any other parts of my body suffer like my biceps, calves, or upper back? I’m just a little conerned at whether or not I should supplement bicep curls and calve raises into it or if I should just leave everything the same. [/quote]

Even though the program doesn’t call for it, you could add some bodyweight excercises to it if your concerned about certain parts lacking.

Right now my goals right now are primarily strength gains. Of course some size would be nice, but thats not my primary goal. If anyone has any recomendations that’d be great.

If your training for strength, look up strength training programmes in the search function. lot of people recommend starting strength, maybe give that a go.

Most of the suggestions you’ll get then with strength gains in mind is Starting Strength. Theres a couple different variations but they’re all generally based on a total body 5x5 program, with Starting Strength being the most popular. Others include StrongLift’s variation.